Police chief details emotional fire rescue amid Richmond riot

  • Source: WTVR-TV CBS 6 Richmond
  • Published: 06/01/2020 12:00 AM

Rioters blocked a fire truck from responding to a burning home early Sunday morning in Richmond, according to Richmond Police Chief Will Smith. “Protesters intentionally set a fire to an occupied building on Broad Street. This is not the only occupied building that has been set fire to over the last two days. But they prohibited us from getting on scene,” Smith said. “We had to force our way to make a clear path for the fire department. Protestors intercepted that fire apparatus several blocks away with vehicles and blocked that fire department’s access to the structure fire. Inside that home was a child.” Smith’s voice filled with emotion as he recounted the event during a Sunday morning press conference. “Officers were able to help those people out of the house. We were able to get the fire department there safely,” he said before pausing to regain his composure.


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